June 5, 2010

JOURNALISM WATCH: WHY HELEN THOMAS' REMARKS ARE HATEFUL AND STUPID AND SMELL A LOT LIKE AN OLD NAZI FART

Here's a thing I thought I would never have to write. And it pains me to do, because I genuinely thought that Helen Thomas was one of the good guys, especially because of her tenacity during the lies that were the Bush years. But when I see something like this, I think that it's time to put her out to pasture.
Longtime White House scribe Helen Thomas caused more than a few eyebrows to perk up when video surfaced on Friday of her declaring that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go back to Germany and Poland.
Now, I would like to have Jews come back to Germany, because before we as a nation decided to go utterly batshit and kill them all, they were – and boy, doesn't that rankle the neo-Nazi white supremacist retards? – one of the pillars, if not the major pillar of what was known as German culture. Poets. Scientists. Artists. Writers. Directors. Actors. We drove them out, and those who loved their country so much, so very much that they didn't want to leave it, who proudly stated that "we are Germans", we rounded up, we tortured, we murdered, we gassed, we shot, we killed.

We lost not only our way, not only our humanity, but also our culture, leaving Germans for decades not much more than the somewhat elusive pride of our "engineering". Yes, we as a nation know how to be anal retentive! Like that's news to anybody? And engineer even the smallest details! Down to having the death trains run on time! Big whoop! Like, that's anything to be proud of?

We used to be able to dream. The land of poets and thinkers, the world called us. Das Land der Dichter und Denker. We used to dream. And hope. And create.

And when I hear somebody like Helen Thomas say something that is this revolting, it makes me throw up in my mouth. No, really. I can taste the puke. Because it isn't a correct and harsh criticism of what the Isreali government and what the Israeli military are doing to other human beings.

This shows only that her criticism is and very likely always been based on Jew hatred. And that invalidates, yes, I say it loud and clear, it invalidates every- and anything she has to say on the subject.

Yes, the Palestanians got the shaft in 1948, and they shouldn't have. And if somebody was to blame, it is us. The Germans. Look at ourselves in the mirror. We did this. We created the middle east conflict. Not the Jews. We did. We backed the few remaining survivors into a corner, we damaged them psychologically and emotionally so much that they became a group, a religion without a country.

And worse, without a home.

We not only killed them, no, we did worse.

We left them alone. Our friends. Our neighbours. Our dreamers. Our hearts and our souls. We left them alone. Because somebody told us, somebody with authority, somebody with a uniform and a loud voice told us that these people, our fellow countrymen, our friends, the ones who would come over for dinner and laugh and joke with us, that they were not like us. Even when we could have, should have seen that this man, this withered prick of a man in uniform was lying.

We made Isreal. And look at them. We did a good job, didn't we? We made them and their monsters. Just as the Arabs and their hatred, cloaked in religion, made the Muslims of the Middle East today.

It's so easy to create monsters. Ask Victor Frankenstein. He'll know. So much easier than to create something beautiful. All you have to do is to stitch dead things, dead beliefs together and have it come alive with just the right dosage of hatred and energy.

We created the monster known as Benjamin Netanyahu, with his insane ideas that somehow Israel has a biblical claim on all the land, and who secretly hopes that those damn brown people in the Gaza strip starve to death. We created Isreal, their paranoia and their delusions. We made them the way they are.

But here's the thing. They are there. And the Palastineans are there. And we have reached a very dangerous point in that history. That point? When hatred and violence becomes tradition. And tradition is a very, very dangerous thing.

"We have always been at war with Eurasia," George Orwell once wrote, and this is what tradition is. The act of stupidity and the acceptance of a reality without thinking. Without analysing. Ask Northern Ireland. You'll be hard pressed to find any family anywhere, Catholic or Protestant, who couldn't tell you "But they killed your Uncle Jimmy!"

A tradition of murder. Of violence. Going on. For centuries. Going on forever. Ask the Germans and the French how well that turned out in the end. We had two world wars! And for what? For fucking what? Because the French were... uh... yes, what exactly? They had better wine and cheeses?

Yes, we have always been at war with Eurasia.

Bullshit.

And with Helen Thomas revealing herself to be an anachronistic, resentful and hateful person, an apology is nothing more than public relations damage control. She's not really apologising. She hasn't changed her world views. She's just scared that she was found out. That somebody has her on tape. That she was exposed as what she is. Somebody who – if not a neo-nazi sympathiser – still has internalised the same hateful bullshit that killed Jews over 60 years ago. Somebody who would look the other way, if it is only the right person who gets killed, the one she thinks shouldn't be there, the one she thinks should have no right to exist.

Bullshit!

There is right and wrong. It's a choice that is not difficult to make. It's only difficult to live with the consequences. And Helen Thomas cannot even do that.

I'm so disappointed.

So very disappointed.